Back in 2006, Edison Chen + Kevin Poon and their Hong Kong-based streetwear label, CLOT, teamed up with Nike for the first time, creating one of the most unique iterations of the Air Max 1 ever.
Now 15 years later, CLOT and the Swoosh are bringing the “Kiss of Death” Air Max 1 back to celebrate its 15th anniversary.
Since the release of the Air Max 1, CLOT has come to be one the most influential names in the industry, releasing unique renditions of their silk-laden Air Force 1s and a number of notable pairings with the Jordan Brand. Throughout all of CLOT’s work with Nike and Jordan, there is a fundamental connection to Chinese culture, whether it be an homage to the terracotta army, luxe silk materials, or something as simple as foot reflexology.
Unless you’re a clot-eyed aficionado you might have missed some of the subtle differences…
At first glance, the most obvious difference between the 2006 and the 2021 version is the updated colour on the heel.
Inspired by the practice of Chinese foot massage, the 2006 Air Max 1’s insoles feature a diagram of a human foot surrounded by characters and arrows pointed toward certain pressure points. Now in 2021, that motif has been taken to another level by way of a list of focal points throughout the body that extend beyond just the lower body.
Like most clear shoes designed with plastic paneling, the original 2006 version of this Air Max 1 was not exactly the most breathable. Much like ESPO’s Air Force 2 collab, the shoe’s window would fog up when worn without socks, an issue that has been remedied by toe-updated box perforations.
For the 2021 version, CLOT opted to keep the initialism as the shoe’s main nickname as opposed to “Kiss of Death” in an effort to remain sensitive toward the current circumstances around the globe.
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